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Evolving the Story: Innovation in Today’s Museum Theatre

International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) 2013 Global Conference

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC October 6-10, 2013

The 2013 IMTAL Global Conference will focus on creativity and innovation in today’s Museum Theatre. In 2013, Museum Theatre is a proven, tested, educational approach in the field of museum studies. It is also an art form bringing the best of performance to museum visitors of all ages. But how is the field continuing to evolve? The 2013 Global conference will bring together practitioners, researchers, performers, and museum professionals from around the world to discuss, debate, present, and share examples of how the field is evolving and innovating.  We invite proposals that address the following topics in relation to the field of museum Theatre:

  •         New and creative participatory experiences
  •         Challenging and unexpected content
  •         Innovative uses of technology or social media
  •        Innovative methods for measuring the impact of Museum Theatre, both for audiences and for museums

Session Types:

  • Panel Discussion (60-90 minutes): 2 or more presenters with presentations on similar topics that may or may not have a moderator.  Individual presentations will be combined thematically by the conference organizers to create one panel discussion.
  • Skills Workshop (60-120 minutes): Interactive sessions presented by individuals or groups and focused on learning practical skills used in museum theatre such a script writing, costume, prop or puppet creation, acting technique, evaluation, creative dramatics, grant writing, participatory theatre, or others.
  • Performance with Discussion (60-120 minutes): A performance of a museum theatre work followed by a discussion to provide more in-depth understanding of the goals and objectives of the work or details of the development of the work.
  • Pecha Kucha Style Presentations: Presenters have 6 minutes and 40 seconds each to share up to 20 slides on a paper, project, performance, or idea related to their research or work in the field of museum theatre. Several of these presentations will be combined into a one session.

Please submit proposals by May 1, 2013 to Proposals should include: session type, session title, abstract of no more than 200 words, staging and AV needs, and contact information.

For more information about the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL), visit